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"The League of Nations was doomed to fail from its creation" Discuss.

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"The League Of Nations was doomed to failure from its creation" The League of Nations was a product of the Paris peace conference held at the end of World War 2 after the Allies victory. The leaders of Britain, France and America (known as 'The Big Three'(David Lloyd George, George Clemenceau and Woodrow Wilson)) gathered to outline sanctions that would be placed on countries that were involved with the defeated Central Powers. All the leaders went into the conference wanting different things, France wanted to get revenge on Germany because their country was in tatters, Britain and America however wanted to wanted to only lightly punish Germany because they were scared off starting another war. At the start of peace conference Wilson made it clear that he didn?t really care what other decisions were made as long as his way in creating the League of Nations. While the peace conference was in motion Wilson took himself off to a quiet room and began to write the terms of The League. ...read more.


The Polish weren?t happy with this and in 1920 a private Polish army took control on Vilna, Lithuania approached The League to ask for assistance. The League started to react quickly and began to put the three steps into motion, after condemning the Polish they began to look into any trading happening between Poland and countries in the league, there wasn?t any. So The League approached the armies of Britain and France to try and enforce the third step, both armies refused to help in fear that making enemy?s at this time it could lead to another war and no country in the world wanted that at this time. At this point The League backed off and let the Polish keep Vilna. This shows us that The League were not very strong or well established at this time, we can infer this because the first hurdle they came to they backed down and let Poland keep Vilna. Regardless of any repercussions that could subsequently come against the Lithuanian people. ...read more.


The Poles refused to accept this, although after this there was no more physical fighting between the nations, over the next twenty-five years they constantly disputed the decision and argued. This was a mass failure for The League as 2 of their members were fighting for a very long period of time this would have effected any decision making within The League, thus it would have had a knock on effect to all the countries involved in any sort of dispute. To conclude I would agree that The League of Nations was doomed to fail from its creation, I think this because as soon as they ran out of options or things didn?t go their way they simply gave up. This had knock on effects to not only their member countries but also the other world countries, an example of this is the dispute over Teschen in 1919. The League?s failure to fully resolve the dispute led to arguments between Poland and Czechoslovakia for the next twenty- five years, it also led to the decision making in The League being impaired as two of their members were fighting. Arthur Baverstock 9Wi ...read more.

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